This pandemic has simultaneously trapped me in place AND taken me all over the map. I’ve lost connection with a number of people with whom I would normally be in more regular contact, I’ve made new connections with people who were once on the periphery, and I’ve strengthened and grown some relationships that didn’t have the space to be grown or strengthened in the Before Times.
One of those relationships has been with my friend Scott Bird. Scott is a Poet, painter, musician and activist in San Francisco, California. He is the youngest member of the Revolutionary Poets Brigade of San Francisco and co-editor of their annual international poetry anthology. Originally from Paradox, Colorado (WHAT A NAME!), his works reflect the American West from indigenous sovereignty and wilderness defense to working class struggle and the queer experience.
Scott and I have been putting together a collection of tunes penned by the likes of Dolly Parton and Porter Wagner, Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash & June Carter and more and more. We will be live streaming our new set on Monday, 3/8 at 7:30pm PST on Facebook Live.
If you don’t know where to find me on Facebook, all you have to do is CLICK HERE to join on Monday. Keep this post handy until then!
I am so so so very excited to introduce you to my friend Scott Bird and to play some new tunes for you. You can learn more about Scott on his website.
I released this video on the Youtubes and, silly me, I forgot to place it here for you.
I’m so sorry. I hope you are all well and getting your vaccines. I’m still awaiting my turn because I am not yet eligible. But I’m looking forward to when I can join the noble ranks of responsible fellow citizens.
In the meantime, enjoy my innermost thoughts on the whole ordeal. It’s been a year since we all locked ourselves indoors. Can you believe that?
I’ve got more songs on the way, so stay tuned! In the meantime, have a listen to Am I Crazy .
To say that I miss performing for live human beings would be an understated estimation of a hyperbolic and rhetorical boring-ass question.
I’m so starved for live banter that I’ve started stringing words together that have no business being in the same room.
Speaking of! That’s what I miss most. Have I mentioned that yet? I miss being in your personal space. I don’t care how creepy that sounds.
Speaking of sounds! I’ve recorded some for you here! In this vid, I’ve repurposed some old Christmas lyrics into something a bit more……2020 forward. The vintage is shit and there is basically NO nose (thanks COVID!), but it’s got heart and sentiment and a bit of clunk, which is a true representation of my current state. So, please enjoy as much as you can.
I so hope to see you in the not too distant future.
Oh, and please get the GD vaccine, so we can get there ASAP.
The final Bandcamp Friday is coming up on December 4th. That’s a special day when Bandcamp waves all fees and all of the money spent to purchase music goes directly to the artists. But the reason I’M excited about this date is that I’m releasing a piece I’ve been working on since 2017. So, please come back and see what we’ve done. It’s exactly as I intended it, and that is not always how things work out. Stay tuned! <3
I was inspired to write my forthcoming release, Turn The Mirror, after stumbling upon this lecture by scholar and Dame Mary Beard, professor at Cambridge University and Dame Commander of the British Arts (thank you VERY fucking much).
Long story short, at the end of her lecture Professor Beard expresses surprise at the fact that Medusa’s story hadn’t been explored or unpacked as one of the most powerful and prodigious pieces of patriarchal propaganda as deeply or commonly as it probably should have been by now. Especially after she shows how commonly it shows up in political media these days. I mean, she has a point. It’s just a story, and story is art. The arts should be exploring and unpacking the arts!! That’s what art is FOR! To quote Nina Simone “An artist’s duty is to reflect the times.” And the story of Medusa is still deeply ingrained in our times.
I invite you to take professor Beard’s lecture. I know, I KNOW a lecture isn’t what you signed up for, and you don’t have to watch it. But I promise you will gain so much insight into our current, collective psyche.
Her deep unpacking of this classic, almost invisible mythical lore blew my mind and her reserved, hobbit like humor just makes the listening so much more inviting.
I hope it informs how you experience the song and how you see the video.
I’ve just made an announcement that I am quitting Facebook, on Facebook. It turns out that it is a LOT harder to do than just deleting an account. I’m a product of Facebook, so they make it very difficult to become NOT a product anymore. I’m their source of income in the form of access to my eyes and wallet for their ad buyers. I don’t remember signing up for it, but there it is, every time I see an ad for shapewear or mascara or a new cleanse that is sweeping Hollywood, I’m being shown my value. The thing is, I’ve been on it for so long, and now am in a pandemic with limited access to real facetime with loved ones, that it’s become a, sort-of, indispensable resource for connection.
Unfortunately I was a bit tipsy when I made the post and didn’t realize how much of a tool I’d look like until I actually tried deleting my account. Also, it’s attached to Instagram. Ugh…..
I came to the conclusion that I would keep the account and ONLY log on a post when it was about music or to respond directly to a friend when addressed. We will see how this pans out. But I’m getting out in one way or another.
All this to say, I will be engaging here more often, so if you find yourself here, you’ll see things change more frequently. Also, I’m releasing some new music soon and this is where I’ll be sharing it first. WELL…..Second to Patreon. If you’d like to be first, hop on over to Patreon and become a Patron! It’s already a tight little group of awesome, supportive folks and I’d love to have you join them!
I’ve been sitting on a few finished tunes, one of which I am currently working with Kevin Shipp (of MNOP) to turn into my second ever music video which will be released in the next couple of months. I’m VERY excited to share it with you as it’s a bit of a departure from what I’ve done in the past.
I hope you enjoy it. Stay tuned, stay safe, stay sane.